For the first course, a light and fragrant Carrot-Ginger Soup with Cilantro. It was bright, different and not overbearing. Carrot soup isn’t necessarily common, but the sweetness, laced with the ostentatious ginger and fresh cilantro are very welcome at any spring meeting. I love soup, and there is a reason every culture in the world embraces them. Enjoy it.
For the Main course, I decided Halibut en Papillote would be most appropriate due to the fact that I could prepare each packet in advance. To cook something “en Papillote” is to literally cook something wrapped in paper. It is a traditional European/French method to steam a piece of protein in it’s own specific environment. The dish is baked as the guests arrive and opened at the table to allow each guest to encounter the specific aromas of the dish. It is completely joyous to serve something that is to be opened as a present – un cadeau!
I decided to place different herbs and vegetables in the packet to give the halibut a lot of flavor. Blanched Haricots Verts, Broccolini, Snap peas, and Brussels Sprouts along with raw onion, peppers, spinach and lemons were added to each wrapping. Just a dollop of herbed butter was added to the top of the halibut for a little richness. It’s really beautiful how the moisture from each vegetable and the butter really steam and seep into the fish. I did a couple trial runs, and the fish was completely cooked in about 15 minutes, ready to serve.
The meal was light. I was worried that it wouldn’t be filling enough due to the lack of a starch, but it was just perfect. The flavors were present, the fish was beautifully cooked, the presentation was a fun moment for each guest, and it was all very simple. My sister in law Nakayla, and sister Jessica, even mentioned that this was delicious, and something they could prepare at home. I think it’s perfect for a dinner for two or twenty! Simple elegance is what it is.
Below is the assembly process however, I have also included a time-lapse video of me putting together one of the packets. I am going to have to experiment with this method of cooking before I give any detailed instructions! But from what I have gathered, it really is quite simple.
Dessert was also pretty light, but very sweet. Served were Lemon bars topped with mint and blueberry. This is also quite a simple dessert. One that is bright, and also can be made ahead of time! Of course, Lemon bars are very sweet and tart, but served with coffee, they are divine.
After lunch we planted many flowers for the start of the summer. As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work!” we got a lot done.
My mother, of course requested pictures to be taken with her and all of her children. We oblige to the abundance of photographs, but solely due to the realization that we are the Butter to her Bread and the Salt to her Soup…
Happy Mother’s Day Lor!